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Tesla Model S makes TIME magazine's 'Best Inventions of 2012' list

The highly touted Model S was the only automobile included on TIME's list, which features the 25 most significant inventions of the past year.

The year is drawing to a close and the “Best of” automobile awards have begun trickling in. In the past week, the Tesla Model S has already won two such honors: Automobile magazine’s “2013 Automobile of the Year” award and Yahoo! Autos “2013 Car of the Year” award. As if that weren’t enough, the Tesla Model S has just been named to TIME Magazine’s “Best Invention of the Year 2012” list.

The magazine included the following excerpt about the Model S:

“The electric four-door sedan has the lines of a Jaguar, the ability to zip for 265 miles (426 km) on one charge – that’s the equivalent of 89 m.p.g. (2.6 L/100 km) – and touchscreen controls for everything from GPS navigation to adjusting the suspension. Tesla is building a network of supercharger stations – six are open so far – so owners aren’t tethered to their home port.”

Rather than a 1 through 25 ranking, TIME’s list is grouped into different sections based on price. The Model S was included in the list’s “$22,000 to $750,00” section, and is the only automobile to make the list. TIME’s list included everything from a product called LiquiGlide, which retails for $0.25, to the $2.5 billion Curiosity Rover from NASA.

Aside from the aforementioned accolades, the Green Car Journal named the Tesla Model S one of the five finalists for the 2012 Green Car Vision Award. The Model S was bested by the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid.

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